I think this falls firmly under the category “oldie but a goodie”.
The Lasting Perfection Concealer from ultra-drugstore brand Collection is the stuff of 2010’s YouTube legend, forever hailed as one of the best low-end options available in the UK. The shade range has been dismal since the get-go, as is the case with all of the brand’s base products, with Lasting Perfection only existing in shades 1-4 (none of which are adequately deep). I had previously worn shade 1, and while wearable, it does run a touch too dark and yellow-toned for my liking.
Enter the shade range expansion (buzzwords for 2018) – if you can even call it that – where Collection have added a new shade to each end of the range. 0 (Extra Fair) and 5 (Medium Deep) are now part of the lineup, and while there’s so much more that needs to be done to expand further, the new pale shade sucked me right in.
I hadn’t used this concealer for a long time, as I’m far too flighty to stay committed to just one – I’ve been off exploring the concealer market and have found a couple that I really love (NARS Soft Matte, and Tarte Shape Tape). This new shade was a perfect excuse to try Collection’s out again and give it a proper review, now that I really know what I want and expect from my Concealer.
Firstly, the packaging is super slender, especially compared to chunky tubes like Shape Tape – the doe foot is also really little, but it does hold a good amount of product (I had to wipe the wand off on the tube). Still, I think I prefer the giant sponginess of other applicators for swiping over the face.
This concealer has an excellent formula and consistency, without being too tacky (like Glossier Stretch) or too drying and crepey – the texture is smooth and creamy, with a medium and buildable coverage. It’s really easy to use and blend out, and while it might dry down a little faster than some concealers (I’d advise doing one undereye at a time) it’s still really good with both a sponge and a brush (or even fingers). As for the finish and longevity, I wish it could hold up better on the oily parts of my face (around the nose and chin). It doesn’t crease or cake up under the eyes (or oxidise either), but definitely breaks down and moves in the more greasy areas, which is a shame. To be fair though, I’ve not found many concealers that can withstand the oil-slick that is my face…
So, my original thoughts have been re-confirmed – this is a solidly good, drugstore-priced concealer. However, since the advent of Makeup Revolution’s Conceal and Define (check out my review) and its far more inclusive and still-expanding shade range, Collection really need to step up – they’re not the only players in the affordable concealer game anymore. Pick up Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer online here from Boots, and here from Superdrug (also available in-store, although the shade availability may differ).